To die in a pitiful vain, tell me a watch and a chain
Is way more believable, give me a feasible gain
Rather a seasonal name, I'll let the people know this is something you can blame
On yourselves you can remain stuck in a box
KDOT can’t understand why other rappers don’t strive for more substantive success.
Instead they would rather get a quick check and some fame whenever they release an album then quickly fade into relative obscurity again (like a season). Kendrick wants to be an artist that people are always talking about because his music is rich.
Kendrick threatens to show people through his music that artists don’t have to sell out to be successful. If they’re stuck in a box they only have themselves and their music to blame.
His mission is to gain fame and success by BEING unique and writing more meaningful lyrics, so that people starting out look to emulate HIS style and create their own unique music.
These ideas are the “locks” that he wants to break out and hide.
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